Exposure: Volume 2 (Crazy Amy) Paperback – 16 Mar 2017
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About the Author
Rose Edmunds lives in Brighton with her husband David. She gained a degree in mathematics at the University of Sussex and a PhD from Cardiff University, before qualifying as a chartered accountant and embarking on a successful career advising entrepreneurial businesses together with their owners. She worked for Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton, before being headhunted to join Deloitte as a partner. After more than 20 years in the business she jumped off the corporate hamster wheel and now writes thrillers with a strong ethical theme. Her writing draws heavily on her considerable insight into business world and in particular the uncomfortable conflict between capitalism and humanity.
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The first point to note is that, although a number of characters from Concealment do reappear in Exposure, there is no need to have read the first book before this one (although you'll probably want to get it once you've finished, simply because they're both great) - the back story is explained clearly and succinctly, without imposing on the narrative.
There's intrigue and suspense galore, and you'll find yourself guessing and second-guessing the characters and the plot constantly. Who is what they appear to be, and who's playing a part in a bigger game? As Amy inches her way towards the truth, haunted by the tatters of her career, the crisis that led to her downfall, and the ever-present voice of little Amy in her head, figuring out who she can trust becomes a matter of life and death, both for Amy and her allies.
As a character, Amy herself is part of the mystery, but in this book even more than in Concealment she begins to learn more about herself and actively try to become the person she wants to be. The writing is lean and economical without sacrificing nuance, all of which adds to the tension. And the plot's so full of twists you could stick a hedge in it and call it the Hampton Court Maze.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable book and an easy five stars that just make me all the keener to follow Amy's future adventures.
The principal protagonist, Amy, will be instantly recognizable to those who have read the previous book. She is a complex character: intelligent and feisty, yet mentally unstable and, inside, lacking the veneer of confidence she presents to the world. In this book, she is drawn into a web of intrigue, following the unexpected death of an ex business colleague. Before long she finds herself cast in the role of reluctant sleuth, uncovering murky and illegal business dealings, and in the end, much worse. As she edges closer to discovering the truth, more deaths follow, and it becomes clear that, because of her insistent prying, she too has become a target.
The various sub plots in this fast-paced thriller twist and turn relentlessly, leaving the reader desperate to discover the mysterious links between them. As the story moves towards its conclusion the layers are unpeeled, one by one, and eventually all is revealed in a superbly crafted denouement.
The writing style is typical Rose Edmunds: tight, punchy and accurate with not a trace of padding anywhere. The grammar, phrasing and syntax (which in so many books of today disappoint) are spot-on throughout.
In summary – an outstanding thriller.
Crazy Amy is back, carrying on from where Concealment ended, but it's a different Amy; no longer the corporate bitch, her life has changed, been turned upside down and now she's on a quest to right some of the wrongs of the big corporate world.
Amy's journey leads her and an old flame over all over the world and in to mortal danger as she strives to expose the truth.
Predominantly set in central London however, its wonderful to read a book that walks the streets of our city, with enough well known locations and landmarks to bring Amy's journey to life.
Edmunds has managed to create some very strong characters in her writing and Exposure builds on Amy's character, whilst providing greater depth and insight in to what drives her and how her life has led her to where she is today.
Exposure ends with Amy's life about to be turned upside down again, in the most unexpected way. There is definitely more to come from Amy, I can't wait to see where her journey goes next!
A thoroughly enjoyable book, hanging with suspense, this is without a doubt the best from Edmunds so far. It will have you gripped from the start. Enjoy!
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